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Manuscript Group 389
JAMES A. BEAVER PAPERS
1790, 1796, 1841, 1849-1915, undated
1.5 cubic feet



James Addams Beaver served as Republican Governor of Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891. Born in 1837 in Millerstown, Perry County, Beaver served as a Second Lieutenant in Company H of the Second Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War and rose to the rank of Brigadier General by 1864. He served as Major General of the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1871-1887 when he was elected Governor. As Governor, Beaver was an advocate of upgrading housing conditions for orphans and the poor.

The collection contains correspondence to and from Beaver's mother and other family members, 1849-1868; correspondence from and to his future wife, 1861-1864; and four diaries of his experiences in the Civil War, 1861-1864 & undated. There is also a collection of his speeches (typescript and handwritten) from 1877-1911 on political, military and religious themes. Other items include newsclippings for his two gubernatorial campaigns, 1882, 1886-1887; an undated biography of Beaver; a Beaver family geneaology; several deeds and land patents; undated photographs of the old state capitol building and the governor's mansion; one volume on flooding written by John B. McMaster in 1892 and apparently not published because of litigation following the Johnstown flood; and miscellaneous materials regarding Beaver's college, military, political and personal life.





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